VSA Week: Carey Tisdal on Practical Applications of Theory

Hi! I’m Carey Tisdal, Director of Tisdal Consulting, an independent firm that evaluates informal learning environments. Informal learning environments include museums (art, history, science, and children’s museums), science-technology centers, zoos, aquaria, parks, television, and radio. I worked as an internal evaluator for nine years and for six as an external evaluator. Recently, field-building and professional …

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VSA Week: Cheryl Kessler on Visitor Studies Evaluation Methods

My name is Cheryl Kessler and I am an independent consultant doing visitor studies. I conduct program and exhibit evaluations in museums and libraries to understand what and how visitors/users learn from their experiences, what they might do with that information, and how new information is integrated with existing knowledge. My Visitor Studies Week blog …

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VSA Week: R Bonney on Research & Evaluation Partnerships in the Field of Informal Learning

Hello from Ithaca, NY. I’m Rick Bonney, director of program development and evaluation at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. I also am on the board of the Visitor Studies Association, and I’m thrilled by several projects that the organization is developing with a multitude of partners who all conduct research and evaluation in the field …

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VSA Week: Joe Heimlich on Visitor Studies and Evaluation—Looking for the Intersection

Hi! I’m Joe E. Heimlich; some days I’m not sure what I do. I’m a professor at Ohio State University, an Extension Specialist based at COSI, a large science center, and Director for the Institute for Learning Innovation in Edgewater, MD. Why I’m not sure what I do relates specifically to the topic of this …

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Susan Kistler on Daily Tips for Evaluators

My name is Susan Kistler and I am the Executive Director of the American Evaluation Association. I contribute each Saturday’s post to aea365 – the Tip-a-Day Alerts by and for evaluators. While aea365 of course offers my very favorite tip each day, I confess that my attention is sometimes drawn to these other Daily Tips …

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Cindy Tananis and Cara Ciminillo on Round Robins

Hi all. We are Cindy Tananis and Cara Ciminillo, Director and Project Manager, respectively, of the Collaborative for Evaluation and Assessment Capacity (CEAC) in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh (www.ceac.pitt.edu). Over the years, we have had the opportunity to work with various clients on variety of projects. No matter what the …

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S Mooshegian on Making the Most Out of Kirkpatrick’s Lvl 1 Measurement in the Classroom

Hi, my name is Stephanie Mooshegian, and I am an Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies at Saint Louis University. My doctoral studies were in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a minor in Research Methods, and I am pleased to have been introduced to AEA. Most of you are probably familiar with Kirkpatrick’s four level framework for program …

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Brad Coverdale on Using the National Educational Longitudinal Survey of 1988-2000

My name is Brad Coverdale and I am a doctoral student at the University of Maryland, College Park. I am interested in researching post-secondary access as well as success initiatives for students, particularly first-generation and/or low income. One of these initiatives that was very dear to me was Upward Bound. As such, I conducted a …

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Emily Hagstrom and Caroline Taggart on Site Visits

We are Emily Hagstrom and Caroline Taggart, and we are evaluators at Ciurczak & Company, Inc., a private evaluation firm in Buffalo, NY. We evaluate many after-school and other programs. As a component of our evaluations, we conduct multiple site visits each year. These site visits are an important tool for evaluation that leads to …

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Systems Week: Morell on An Invitation to Test Integration of Traditional Eval & Agent Based Modeling

Hi, I’m Jonny Morell and I’m looking for people interested in how agent based modeling can be combined with traditional evaluation methods. For the past few years, I have been thinking and writing a lot about how evaluation can anticipate and respond to unexpected changes in programs. The difficulty as I see it is that …

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